These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Indiana For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Indiana that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Indiana does this very well. Families love the Hoosier State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Indiana that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Indiana for 2018:

  1. Munster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Dyer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Chesterton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Valparaiso (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Merrillville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Griffith (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Hobart (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Hammond (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lake Station (Homes For Sale)
  10. East Chicago (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully New Castle (the cheapest place to live in Indiana) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Indiana or the cheapest.

1. Munster

Munster, Indiana

Population: 23,460
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 109
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Munster: Homes For Sale | Data
Munster is a town located in North Township, Lake County, in Northwest Indiana, United States. This bedroom community lies in the Chicago metropolitan area, approximately 30 miles southeast of the Chicago Loop, and shares municipal boundaries with Hammond to the north, Highland to the east, Dyer and Schererville to the south and Lansing and Lynwood directly west of the Illinois border. The 2010 U.S. Census counted the town’s population at 23,603.

2. Dyer

Dyer, Indiana

Population: 16,283
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 108
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Dyer: Homes For Sale | Data
Dyer is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 16,390 at the 2010 census. It lies in the Chicago metropolitan area, 30 miles southeast of The Chicago Loop, and 12 miles from Chicago-s south side.

3. Chesterton

Chesterton, Indiana

Population: 13,571
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 98
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Chesterton: Homes For Sale | Data
Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships of Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 13,068 at the 2010 census. The three towns of Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and Porter are known as the tri-towns or the Duneland area.

4. Valparaiso

Valparaiso, Indiana

Population: 31,347
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 92
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Valparaiso: Homes For Sale | Data
Valparaiso is a city and the county seat of Porter County, Indiana, United States. The population was 31,730 at the 2010 census.

5. Merrillville

Merrillville, Indiana

Population: 35,201
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 83
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Merrillville: Homes For Sale | Data
Merrillville is a town in Ross Township, Lake County, Indiana. The population was 35,246 at the 2010 census. Merrillville is located in the east-central portion of Lake County, in the Chicago metropolitan area. On January 1, 2015, Merrillville became the most populated town in Indiana, as Fishers in Hamilton County was converted from a town to a city.

6. Griffith

Griffith, Indiana

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Population: 16,875
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 82
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Griffith: Homes For Sale | Data
Griffith is a town in Calumet and St. John townships in Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 16,893 at the 2010 census.

7. Hobart

Hobart, Indiana

Population: 28,933
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 80
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Hobart: Homes For Sale | Data
Hobart is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,059 at the 2010 census. Although it has been historically primarily residential, recent annexation has added a significant retail corridor to the city.

8. Hammond

Hammond, Indiana

Population: 80,658
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 63
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Hammond: Homes For Sale | Data
Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. First settled in the mid-19th century, it is one of the oldest cities of northern Lake County. As of the 2010 United States census, it is also the largest in population: the 2010 population was 80,830, replacing Gary as the most populous city in Lake County. From north to south, Hammond runs from Lake Michigan down to the Little Calumet River; from east to west along its southern border, it runs from the Illinois state line to Cline Avenue. The city is traversed by numerous railroads and expressways, including the South Shore Line, Borman Expressway, and Indiana Toll Road.

9. Lake Station


Population: 12,596
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 57
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Lake Station: Homes For Sale | Data
Lake Station is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 12,572 at the 2010 census.

10. East Chicago

East Chicago, Indiana

Population: 29,789
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 56
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on East Chicago: Homes For Sale | Data
East Chicago is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,698 at the 2010 census. It is the home of Marktown, Clayton Mark’s planned worker community.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Hoosier State For 2018

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Indiana Map
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Indiana to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 95 places in Indiana that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Indiana that have the highest cost of living, with Munster ranking as the most expensive city in the Hoosier State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Indiana:

  1. New Castle
  2. Connersville
  3. Muncie

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Indiana

Rank City Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Munster 23,460 106 108 100
2 Dyer 16,283 106 108 100
3 Chesterton 13,571 106 108 100
4 Valparaiso 31,347 106 108 100
5 Merrillville 35,201 106 108 100
6 Griffith 16,875 106 108 100
7 Hobart 28,933 106 108 100
8 Hammond 80,658 106 108 100
9 Lake Station 12,596 106 108 100
10 East Chicago 29,789 106 108 100
11 Greencastle 10,343 107 96 109
12 Gary 81,153 106 108 100
13 Terre Haute 60,850 107 96 109
14 Brazil 7,786 107 96 109
15 Linton 5,408 107 96 109
16 Crown Point 27,477 96 90 104
17 Cedar Lake 11,484 96 90 104
18 Lowell 9,225 96 90 104
19 Avon 12,542 98 94 99
20 Zionsville 23,134 97 95 98
21 Carmel 80,060 97 95 98
22 Fishers 76,835 97 95 98
23 Bloomington 80,440 98 94 99
24 Westfield 30,081 97 95 98
25 Bargersville 5,237 98 94 99
26 Brownsburg 21,749 98 94 99
27 Danville 8,981 98 94 99
28 Batesville 6,727 93 93 95
29 Noblesville 52,987 97 95 98
30 Columbus 44,306 98 94 99
31 Greenwood 50,457 98 94 99
32 Lawrence 45,779 98 94 99
33 Franklin 23,857 98 94 99
34 New Whiteland 5,498 98 94 99
35 Cumberland 5,205 98 94 99
36 Ellettsville 6,367 98 94 99
37 Greenfield 20,545 98 94 99
38 Indianapolis 831,230 98 94 99
39 Mooresville 9,383 98 94 99
40 Jeffersonville 44,683 102 96 90
41 Martinsville 11,890 98 94 99
42 Clarksville 22,122 102 96 90
43 Beech Grove 13,949 98 94 99
44 Lawrenceburg 5,023 93 93 95
45 New Albany 36,450 102 96 90
46 Madison 12,048 102 96 90
47 Charlestown 7,607 102 96 90
48 Tipton 5,094 97 95 98
49 Jasper 14,982 92 93 92
50 Gas City 5,918 97 95 98
51 Kokomo 54,402 97 95 98
52 Anderson 56,097 97 95 98
53 Bedford 13,436 102 96 90
54 North Vernon 6,616 102 96 90
55 Elwood 8,677 97 95 98
56 Huntingburg 5,739 92 93 92
57 West Lafayette 30,047 97 87 95
58 Alexandria 5,167 97 95 98
59 Evansville 119,226 92 93 92
60 Boonville 6,267 92 93 92
61 Mount Vernon 6,677 92 93 92
62 Tell City 7,287 92 93 92
63 Lafayette 67,302 97 87 95
64 Vincennes 18,374 92 93 92
65 Washington 11,552 92 93 92
66 Monticello 5,384 97 87 95
67 Crawfordsville 15,958 97 87 95
68 Frankfort 16,433 97 87 95
69 Nappanee 6,509 88 90 92
70 Goshen 31,569 88 90 92
71 Warsaw 13,620 88 90 92
72 Westville 5,873 88 90 92
73 Auburn 12,760 96 92 92
74 Logansport 17,855 97 87 95
75 Mishawaka 48,107 88 90 92
76 Angola 8,552 96 92 92
77 La Porte 22,077 88 90 92
78 Michigan City 31,442 88 90 92
79 Fort Wayne 253,617 96 92 92
80 New Haven 14,624 96 92 92
81 Elkhart 51,293 88 90 92
82 Columbia City 8,503 96 92 92
83 North Manchester 6,017 96 92 92
84 Bluffton 9,565 96 92 92
85 Decatur 10,062 96 92 92
86 Kendallville 9,943 96 92 92
87 Garrett 5,987 96 92 92
88 Huntington 17,385 96 92 92
89 Wabash 10,644 96 92 92
90 Hartford City 6,207 96 92 92
91 Marion 30,088 96 92 92
92 Greensburg 11,527 85 91 82
93 Muncie 70,033 85 91 82
94 Connersville 13,479 85 91 82
95 New Castle 18,066 85 91 82

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